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Otago Global Student Exchange
Financial Assistance

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As an Otago student you will receive a travel grant to take part in the Otago Global Student Exchange programme. There are also scholarships and awards you may be eligible to apply for.

Please do not contact the host university directly on any specific scholarship being offered to Otago students. All enquiries should be directed to

Otago Global Awards in 2018

All students starting their exchange in 2018 will be eligible for the following:

Otago Global Travel Grant

  • NZ$ 1000 (for one or two semesters)
  • NZ$ 500 (for less than one semester)
  • A student may only ever receive one Otago Global Travel Grant.

Otago Global Matariki Scholarship

A grant of NZ$500 will be given to students studying at a Matariki Network of Universities Partner (in addition to a Travel Grant):

Otago Global Citizen Award

This award will be granted on the basis of quality and quantity of promotional activities undertaken while on and after exchange.

Activities could include, but are not limited to:

1. While on exchange: blogs, Facebook posts, recognised promotion contribution at the host university

2. Back at Otago: assist with promotion at lectures, O week, Exchange week, Residential Colleges, mentoring the next exchange cohort.

Award value: NZ$1000

Total number of awards: up to 3 per semester.

Eligibility: student must be returning to Otago after their exchange.

Application: all students returning to Otago will be considered for this award.

Award payment will be made in either June or October following return to Otago.

Otago Global Citizen Award Form (290KB)

Otago Global 20th Anniversary Award

The University of Otago is celebrating twenty years of the Student Exchange Programme, and in recognition of this milestone has established the Otago Global 20th Anniversary Awards.

Over the next few years one award will be made available when we reach 20 years of exchanging students with each partner institution.

In 2018 we will be celebrating 20 years with the University of Copehagen.

Eligibility: All students on exchange in Semester One and Semester Two 2018 to the University of Copenhagen are eligible to apply for the Award.

Number available: One Otago Global 20th Anniversary Award is available for the University of Copenhagen.

Award value: NZ$1500

Award payment will be made in August 2018.

Otago Global 20th Anniversary Award Form (203KB)

In 2019, we will be celebrating 20 years with:

Mount Allison University, Canada
University of Alberta, Canada
University of British Columbia, Canada
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
University of Glasgow, Scotland
University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Lund University, Sweden and
University of Richmond, USA.

Number available: One Otago Global 20th Anniversary Award is available for each named university.

Please Note:

Any Grant and Award value is reviewed annually.

School of Business scholarship

The Westpac Travelling Scholarships are awarded to students studying for degrees and diplomas within the School of Business who have been accepted for the Otago Global Student Exchange Programme in a school on the current Approved Exchange Partners List and who show a capacity for leadership and responsibility in business, community or educational affairs. 

The level of award can be up to $3,000.

Westpac Travelling Scholarships information and application form

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If you are entitled to Studylink loans and allowances at Otago, this should also be available to you while on exchange.